That it be agreed that the Chief Executive in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Communities, Equalities and Finance:
1. Approves the award of a contract for the supply of agency workers via Lot 1 of the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) framework Managed Services for Temporary Agency Resources (MSTAR3) to Matrix SCM Ltd commencing on 4 April 2023 for a period of three years and three months with service delivery commencing on 1 July 2023 at an estimated annual value of £38m.
2. Approves the inclusion of an option to extend the contract for up to two years in one year increments, making a total estimated maximum contract value of £190.5m inclusive of the extensions.
3. Notes that no fees will be payable to Matrix SCM Ltd until service delivery commences on 1 July 2023.
4. Notes the large majority of contract spend will be paid by Matrix SCM Ltd to the agencies in their supply chain who provide temporary workers to the council.